Hodgson: We can match Germany

England coach Roy Hodgson has challenged his side to prove they are as good as Germany when the two sides meet at Wembley on Tuesday.

Last Updated: 18/11/13 at 14:01 Post Comment   

Roy Hodgson: Knows Germany will provide a stern test

Roy Hodgson: Knows Germany will provide a stern test

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Hodgson's side were outplayed by Chile in a 2-0 friendly defeat on Friday and Hodgson is seeking a positive response against Joachim Low's side.

Low has opted to rest a number of key players, including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, captain Phillipp Lahm and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.

Germany will still provide a stern test for England though, and Hodgson is keen for them to impress.

"Germany will ask massive questions of us," said Hodgson.

"But I am pretty sure that all of the XI who go out on Tuesday night will be anxious that they put any comparisons (with Germany).

"They will show they are every bit as good and that is what I believe they will be."

Hodgson has also been keen to offer his support to beleaguered goalkeeper Joe Hart, who has lost his place at Manchester City following a number of crucial mistakes.

Celtic keeper Fraser Forster played in the defeat to Chile but Hart will return to face Germany.

"He will be anxious to seize his chance and anxious to show everyone that he is still a very good goalkeeper," added Hodgson.

"Joe is in the right frame of mind to play.

"He has been fine in training and I know (goalkeeping coach) Dave Watson has been happy with him so I could only answer in the affirmative that he is fine.

"He is ready. The Chile game was Fraser Forster's chance to show what he can do but (Hart) knows it's his chance on Tuesday night.

"This is what (being) England manager has been like for me - selecting players who haven't played for a couple of weeks.

"Jermain Defoe played against Chile and he hasn't played for hardly any part of the season."

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